Attributes of a Land Mine
Thankful – Preoccupied – Perfectionist – Delegator – Fussy – Keeper of the Brand
Ouch! Stepping on a land mine of feedback can send a creative reeling. However, this feedback style feels great most of the time. The creator cruises around getting constructive feedback most of the time, but then a complete redo blindsides them.
When it’s a redo, this feedback can also come across as cutting and overly harsh. Land Mines might give very hurtful feedback when unsatisfied with an idea.
The reality of this feedback style is the feedback landmine isn’t usually the creator’s fault. It’s usually a trusting but busy reviewer who is to blame. They have anxiety about their work life and performance.
Land Mine reviewers are often the folks in your review process who are very busy and “know it when they see it.” These folks should be part of the kickoff process because they will blow a project up if it doesn’t fit their standards.
These folks will keep you pursuing a better idea, while adding a little anxiety to your review process.
If you see yourself blowing up projects, you are a Land Mine. And honestly, it’s all your fault. You are not communicating with your creators early enough to include your expectations for a project or your quality standard.
Land Mines are very hard on themselves and on the people around them. You’ve worked hard to earn your position, and you want others to make that same effort in their work.
Burnout can happen to your team if you don’t keep your bombs to a minimum. Having to redo too many projects will demotivate a team and have them start seeking work elsewhere.
Give feedback in the spirit of collaboration. You are the keeper of perfection. You are the whetstone on which good ideas get honed into great ones. Your standards are valuable and needed on a team. Don’t burn down the project, or worse, the people, to reach your standard of perfection.
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